All winter I watch the buds swell and wait for the first ones to open as spring rolls in.
Today, as I walked the street there was a large truck with a platform arm in back. Two men were sitting on the curb smoking.
Well, later in the day, walking that same route I found out what they were there for. TREE TRIMMING!
Surly those who make their living trimming trees, know that there are trees that set their buds during the summer.
Why, then, do they cut off all those branches with the buds in the fall?
These were not the only trees hit either. The dogwoods got a close trimming too. And off in the park I heard the sound of chain saws ... probably the plums got a hit as well.
I wonder if the tree guys are so eager to make a buck that they don't even care if they are spoiling the tree's beauty. Surely they could just as well trim the trees in the spring after the blooms are finished.
It has been a rather sad rainy fall with much of the leaves being blasted off the trees before even having a chance to change color. Now it looks as though spring will be lacking it's usual color too.
I think I am satisfied so far and will begin looking through my stash for a dark border.
I am thinking of something in maybe navy or dark purple, and then quilting in words with white thread.
I have yet to check out something for the back.
The latest earthquake didn't have much effect on the Tokyo area. One person I talked to living in a tall building had things fall. There was some interruption of train schedules and I heard Tsunami warnings had been called off before noon.
On my one day to sleep in, I did not appreciate the 6am shake-up. More after-shocks are predicted but I hope they wait until day-light hours.